German local TV portal to launch on Astra

Jörn Krieger | 29-11-2012
German viewers will soon find it easier to find the local TV channels they're looking for when a new local TV portal launches on Astra (19.2° East) on 1 January 2013.
The offering, which is compiled in interactive multimedia standard HbbTV, can be received on hybrid TV sets and satellite receivers compliant with HbbTV and hooked up to the Internet. The portal will appear on channel slot 99.
From a list of federal states and channel names, viewers can select the desired TV channel with their remote control, supported by a map of Germany and channel logos. When they find the channel they are looking for, they can directly tune into the currently running programme - if it is available via satellite - or will be connected to the channel's live stream on the Internet or its catch-up service.
An initial version of the portal, comprising all local TV channels from federal states Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, is already available on Astra on the 11.523 GHz H frequency (SR 22,000, FEC 5/6). In the course of 2013, the portal will also be deployed to digital cable households and IPTV customers.
The portal, which was developed by Bavarian media service provider Bayerische Medien Technik (BMT) is based on an initiative by Bavarian media authority Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) and satellite operator Astra Deutschland, and is open to all local TV broadcasters in Germany.